Eman al-Obeidi: “Every day I am beaten”

Iman al-Obeidi, who said she spent two days in detention after being arrested at a checkpoint in Tripoli, Libya, and was sexually assaulted by up to 15 men while in custody, shouted as she told her story at the Rixos hotel in Tripoli on Saturday (March 26, 2011). Jerome Delay/AP

From NPR:

Iman al-Obeidi, who last month told reporters in Tripoli that she had been beaten and raped by men loyal to Moammar Gadhafi, tells NPR she is no longer in custody.

But, she says, “every day I am beaten.”

And she fears for her life: “They threaten us with murder,” she said by telephone from Libya to our colleague Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson‘s translator in Cairo. Her sister, Obeidi said, is also in danger.

Obeidi burst into a Tripoli hotel on March 26. As she tried to tell reporters about what she says had been done to her, she was dragged away by authorities in a dramatic scene played out in front of dozens of cameras.

“They took me to a prison” for 72 hours after that, she told NPR today. When she was allowed to go home, “they stopped me again and they stopped me three times, the last time was yesterday” — when, she says, she was “beaten very hard [so] that I can’t even leave my bed today.”

Continue reading here.

My previous post on al-Obeidi is here.

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